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The copy-paste issue, Hinduism version

tl;dr Please stop posting answers that are just copied out of Wikipedia or some random blog. If you see these things and they don't cite a source, flag (either "very low quality" or "other" and ...
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Guidelines for new users answering questions

Given the nature of the subject, many questions will undoubtedly get different answers, views and opinions. But to keep the site as authentic as possible, certain guidelines should be followed while ...
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What kind of references are valid in answers? Are modern works allowed?

This is a question about what kind of references have to be provided when writing answers on Hinduism.SE. My basic question is: Are modern shlokas, scriptures, views, sayings etc. valid when using ...
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Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources

As discussed in this question, most users agree with rule of backing up answers with sources. Now comes the question, what is the official procedure for deleting answers that don't cite sources? Two ...
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Private beta extended - please focus on quality

I'm a member of the Community Management team here at Stack Exchange; we're the ones responsible for determining when each new site is ready to move on to the next stage of its life cycle. It's been a ...
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Can we enforce quotations of scripture references?

The site is only one day old, and already there is quite a bit of contention between the different understandings of Advaita, Vaishnavism, Shaivism, etc. This is to be expected with such a large ...
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Is it OK to cite Wikipedia in answers?

Many answers are quoted from Wikipedia. Is that a good resource to depend on? In other words, are Wikipedia entries on Hinduism.SE without any distortions and biases? Would citing books and other ...
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Which scriptures / sources are considered valid?

This is an extension of my older question. As per current thread: Can we revisit the sources required rule?, the general sentiments seems that we must cite the sources for the answers. Hence, it's ...
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Who all are authority or qualified to post an authoritative opinion on religion, spirituality and Hindu Dharma?

In the absence of any scriptural reference, written works of scholars, researchers and popular personalities can be used which must be providing a relevant answer. The above is taken from this answer,...
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Are mythological TV shows going to be counted as source?

Are mythological TV shows going to be counted as reliable source? I mean there are so many mythological shows I remember from past to present. Are those stories going to be counted as a reliable ...
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Should we allow words of Swamis as sources who face (legal) allegations?

It's unfortunate to Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) that there are apparently some fake Babas or Swamis who exploit gullible people in India and abroad. Even few famous saints or Swamis face legal ...
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Acceptable sources and citations

I would like to accumulate a list of acceptable sources and citations here for the site. This is because of the following reasons: It would be helpful as a reference. We can have this in community ...
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Are image-only answers acceptable?

I've recently seen a few image only answers, which just take a screenshot of the book and post them as answers. My initial thought was that we need to utilize OCR to convert images to text and then ...
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Let's delete all old answers from early days of the site that lack any references at all

Inspired by the following comment by @Shog9, I'm proposing to delete all answers from early days of the site that have zero scriptural references and sound like plain opinions. ...the notion of ...
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Is Personal Experience a Source?

Many answers on this site don't really have tangible sources such as citations from scriptures or the internet. My question is, if someone's answer is based on their practices growing up and ...
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How to handle uncited fables and myths

Since many things in Hinduism vary and vary tremendously from one culture to another and there are very few sources to cite from and more importantly very few online sources. How can we handle these ...
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Where can I find the info regarding how many answers were deleted in a given period of time for not having sources?

I can see lots of answers on the Main site are having the citation needed banner. I guess the purpose behind this banner is to let the concerned users know that their answers are going to be deleted ...
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Validity of references from new-age Gurus? [duplicate]

I feel Jaggi Vasudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and their respective websites should not be offered or accepted as valid scriptural references to corroborate one's answers about Hinduism. These and other ...
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Can we revisit the sources required rule?

There are a few answers based only on what the user knows and which do not provide any citations, what exactly do we do in these cases? From Can we enforce quotations of scripture references?, we get ...
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Why aren't unsourced answers getting deleted even though the policy says that they should be?

In this answer, Pandya, one of the moderators, says Though we have a policy of deleting unsourced answers after 15 days if sources are not added, we hardly delete the answers. Many unsourced answers ...
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What is the copyright status of Indian books?

In my answer here, I posted PDF's of most of the volumes of the 10-volume Motilal Banarsidass translation of the Padma Purana. I was able to get volumes 2-8 from two sources, DSpace (the digital ...
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Is there a procedure to challenge alleged cited material?

Reasons could be (0) No citation (1) non-existent in the source which the citer cites (2) Questionable/wrong translation I am refraining from "interpolation" as a reason since it is very hard to ...
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Changing the policy of deleting unsourced answers

Welcome to the Graduated Hinduism Stack Exchange! :) Directly Deleting unsourced answers without increasing moderator burden with 2 flags per post has been proposed in the month of Oct'21 which seems ...
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Can we add a citation banner for answers that rely solely on Wikipedia?

How about adding an insufficient explanation banner to answers that use Wikipedia as their only source? From this answer: insufficient explanation We're looking for long answers that provide ...
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When is it acceptable to caution the reader of disputes as to the origin of a text or passage?

This question starts was prompted by a note of caution given by user Keshav Srinivasan which reads: One note of caution: it's believed that the Linga Purana contains a lot of interpolations, ...
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A chat event on discussion on handling poorly sourced answers and on other things

Namaskar! As you'll know we have an Official policy for deleting answers that don't cite sources which now also covers an issue of old unsourced answers. While responding to Why aren't ...
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Reliable citations

Lately, I have been seeing answers that are quoting blogs. Citing blogs can be very problematic as circular citations are a likely possibility i.e. the blogs would in-turn cite Hi.SX as source and ...
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Research Paper as Sources

Should Research papers (especially in reference to Hinduism in any form whatsoever), that are published on eminent or prestigious internet forums or magazines, be allowed and/or considered valid ...
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How can we differentiate scriptural quotes and question quotes while answering questions?

Sometimes we quote the question text or sentences from question to address while answering. For example see recent answer. I had also quoted question text in some answerers like this. Here the main ...
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Can any reference to Quora/Yahoo be put in an answer?

If there is any quality and well researched answer in Quora or Yahoo with appropriate references, can that be put in an answer here as a reference link? Sometimes those answers accumulate references ...
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Do we require to cite sources/scriptures in philosophical thinking?

What does this website's name stand for? (SanAtan) Dharma vs Hinduism Looking at the vast knowledge of members here, I often feel that what we majorly discuss here is SanAthan Dharma disguised as ...
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Is it legal to download Purana PDFs from IndianScriptures.com and post them on Hinduism SE?

As part of the answer to this question, I should gather all PDFs from IndianScriptures.com and make a single PDF file out of them and share it on Hinduism SE. The site says after one creates an ...
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Cross-posting questions and answers on other online forums

Recently, I joined a online forum (not a Q&A site) and I've started posting some questions there that I also post here on Hinduism.SE. If I get a really good answer on the other website, I ...
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Are Sanskrit Subhashitas valid references?

Are Sanskrit Subhashitas valid references on Hinduism.SE? Can they be considered as Hindu scripture when it comes to citing them in answers here to back up your views? I didn't think they qualify as ...
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Is it possible to mass-update broken URLs to IndianScriptures.com with HinduScriptures.in?

There are currently about 230 posts (both questions and answers) that cite the website IndianScriptures.com. The site itself is active but it doesn't take the reader directly to the linked chapter/...
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Can the mods go easy on declining flags on old unsourced answers?

Some of my recent flags asking for citation notice on a couple of old answers from 2014 are declined. In the decline reason, the mod is pointing me to an answer about deleting old unsourced answers ...
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Is this kind of citation okay in answers?

We know that we need to cite some sources (preferably scriptures) to validate our answers. Suppose, I write my answer and then simply write "See [Scripture's name][verses locations] for the details" ...
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What are the rules to be followed for citation?

Please look at this answer to the question Garuda purana Is it a myth to create fear in humans? that I recently provided. Asker commented that citation has not been done. Can someone please refer me ...
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How do I search the comments of Hinduism.SE?

As it says in the title, how do I search through comments of Hinduism.SE or meta.Hinduism.SE? E.g., I'm interested in finding out all answers that lacked references or citations of a credible source ...
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Upvoted and accepted answer deleted by moderator

There is this question on whether saints and sages can be worshiped in Hinduism and why Sai Baba is worshipped in Hindu temples. Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? I gave ...
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Are placeholder answers ("Go with this interpretation for now, I will add sources later!") allowed?

On the main site, a user wrote an answer with a note at the end on the following lines. This answer received several upvotes and is also accepted by OP. Note: Some portions of this answer are ...
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If N users flag an answer for "source not cited", add the banner automatically

When an answer doesn't cite a source, below steps are followed: Users flag the answer to Moderator's attention; Moderator will add a banner to that answer, as suggested here: What kind of banners (...
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What kind of banners (notices) do we use?

Today on one of the answers, I saw this banner or notice. The answer was a complete copy-paste from quora.com. Some of the information contained in this post requires additional references. Please ...
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Are Folk Tales acceptable sources?

Folktales are stories passed down through generations, mainly by telling. Some of these stories are genuine and some are made up stories. But some legends of lesser known temples can be found in these ...
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Are Irawati Karve's books/works valid references for answers on this site?

From Wikipedia: Irawati Karve (15 December 1905 – 11 August 1970) was an anthropologist, sociologist, educationist and writer from Maharashtra, India. One of her books, is used as a reference in ...
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Should we allow texts which are without actual source?

There are many texts that I am researching on which are just going on in the name of scriptures, but really if we dig deep, we don't really find any information. And these scriptures make big claims. ...
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For what kind of Q & A can Wikipedia be used as valid and only reference?

Here's how one of my recent flags was handled by a mod. Wikipedia is not a reliable source, needs a citation banner – sv. Feb 23 at 19:16 declined - wiki can be quoted for this question. A similar ...
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Use of sources to validate answers? [duplicate]

So I have been asking my Indian friends with varying degrees of adherence to the Hindu belief system. I'm a little bit confused regarding the use of sources to answer questions. Most of the guys I ...
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What is the correct way to use quote formatting?

Since this is a Q&A Site about religion, almost all information we have is not owned by us. Hence there are two options, We use quotes for all information from scripture, fables, myths. It could ...
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Are the sources used in this answer allowed here?

This answer starts with the assertion: Sorry to burst your bubble, the simple answer is there was no such technology or knowledge at the time. Brahmāstra, Vāruṇāstra and Āgneyāstra are all ...
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